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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Jun 24, 2010 12:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: what's your take on FURTHUR?

I kinda agree with you on the JG songs. There is an interesting vibe when his songs were played. I'm not sure if this translates to the room and performers but there is a sensation of paying humble and bittersweet homage to the Fat Man. There is a mixture of melancholy, celebration, yearning, the band striving for the sound. Even though its been almost 15 years, the line "and the old man's getting on" during BEW was very evocative. Althea also did the same - reminiscing a reminiscence. Dream within a dream. It's a good feeling but the music feels better when they are doing their own songs. Friend of the Devil always brings tears to my eyes anytime I hear it live.

The setlist was incredible but I could have really gone for a ballad somewhere in the middle of the hour of spacey jams. I enjoy the Ballad > Rocker sequence at the end of shows... gives the experience more emotional range.

I started out writing about how I agree with you on the JG songs but I can see why they need to be played - they invoke the spirit. Still, I agree that they should add new instrumentals and jams. This band has great chemistry and their Deadesque explorations are sweet so it would be nice to hear them to stretch out other songs. MMM just imagine a nice So What? Did you hear the full 24 minute Terrapin from Furthurfest? Good stuff.